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Discussions continue on draft federal law on regional Commissioners

14 January 2019
Discussions continue on draft federal law on regional Commissioners

The draft federal law "On General Principles of Organization and Operation of Commissioners for Human Rights in the Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation» was submitted to the State Duma. The law is aimed at the introduction of uniform standards to regulate powers and guarantees of regional Сommissioners.

"The High Commissioner’s Institute has been functioning for years. Life is changing, new trends have emerged that were not previously reflected, but they are necessary. There are Commissioners for Human Rights in all 85 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and the activity of each of them is now regulated by a special law adopted in the region. But these legislative acts often differ: there is no single procedure for consideration of citizens’ complaints, cooperation with non-profit organizations, the sources are not defined for ombudsmen to consider complaints. And one more example: the Commissioner’s Office in some region has only 1 employee, and the staff of the Commissioner’s Office in another region consists of 10 people. The regions are not small, but the forces are not equal. The adoption at the federal level of a single  act enshrining additional guarantees for the regional ombudspersons’ activities will enhance their status, expand their competence, standardize methodological approaches to the development of the system of state human rights protection in Russia," High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova said.

The draft law has been under discussion throughout Russia since November. Its adoption is welcomed in the Republic of Adygea, the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Republic of Ingushetia, the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, the Republic of Kalmykia, the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, the Komi Republic, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Republic of Tatarstan, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the Republic of Khakassia, the Chechen Republic, the Chuvash Republic, the Altai Territory, the Krasnodar Territory, the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Khabarovsk Territory, the Amur Region, the Arkhangelsk Region, the Astrakhan Region, the Belgorod Region, the Vladimir Region, the Vologda Region, the Voronezh Region, the Kaliningrad Region, the Kaluga Region, the Kirov Region, the Kostroma Region, the Kursk Region, the Moscow Region, the Murmansk Region, the Nizhny Novgorod Region, the Novgorod Region, the Oryol Region, the Penza Region, the Ryazan Region, the Samara Region, the Tambov Region, the Tver Region, the Tomsk Region, the Ulyanovsk Region, Saint-Petersburg, Sevastopol, the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area.

In addition, the draft federal law is to be discussed in the near future at the meetings of the State Assembly of the Altai Republic — El Kurultai, the Assembly of the Republic of Dagestan, the State Assembly of the Republic of Mordovia.

On January 15, a meeting of the State Duma Committee on Issues of Public Associations and Religious Organizations will be held to discuss the draft law.

On January 23, the first reading of the draft law is to be held at the session of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

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